“Rather than letting our negativity get the better of us, we could acknowledge that right now we feel like a piece of shit and not be squeamish about taking a good look.” ~ Pema Chödrön
My lovely readers, before we go any further, I have something to ask of you; it is Day 15 of this #30DayJournal project – the halfway mark. It would really help me to know that folks are actually reading and looking at this. Please, if you could, take a moment and put a little comment below. Or, if not today, someday soon and certainly before the end of the project. I can’t tell you how wonderful it would be!
You can see the quote, above, and the prompts for today are:
- The negativity that gets the better of me is…
- The feelings I’d rather not explore are…
- If I exaggerated those feelings, made them really big, then…
- I’m afraid to explore my feelings about…
My exploration of these feelings wasn’t the best time I’ve had with this project, but I value the process. I sat down with my open book and blank pages and set the timer for 10 minutes. Sure enough, I had something to say. I wrote on the first prompt, “the negativity that gets the better of me is…”
I think most of us have some negative things we’d rather not explore and therefore we hide them, compartmentalize, smother them (with food, drugs, alcohol) or deny them. After writing, I decided my next step would be to cover them up – apropos, don’t you think?
I collected some paper ephemera: junk mail, book mark, sticker, to-do list, sales receipt, old textbook and dictionary pages, etc. and started covering the journaling I’d done.
You can still see some of my writing in red-brown marker pen
I added more layers, including some tissue paper that allows you to see a bit of what is behind it.
A few more pieces of paper, washi tape and paint is layered on. I used watercolor paint in a mustard yellow, soft blue and medium brown and white acrylic paint.
Small envelopes are layered onto the page. I used a wet tea bag to stain the envelopes and cards inside each one. Our quote for today plus the date is in one envelope with a snippet of journaling on the back.
The card on each envelope has a few words about a specific area that I feel negative about.
It seemed appropriate to call this page “Layers.”
Thanks for stopping by. I hope you’ll check out Day 16 and once again, I encourage you to send a few words my way.